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This is a cropped photograph that I have of some members of the 1st Birmingham Battalion (14th Royal Warwickshire) on the platform of Sutton Park Station with family and friends prior to the battalion's departure to continue their training at...
in the 1918 absent voters book there is a Cecil Aldridge A1298 serving in the 20th Bn KRRC with the address 2 back 25 Bristol Street. The photo above looks like a pre-war Territorial Camp so he may have decided to join another regiment during the war. I found no Cecil Edward Aldridge serving in...
One evening, ere the final fall of dark,
I walk'd awhile alone in Sutton Park
And view'd, with pleasure subtly mixed with pain,
The old familiar land-marks once again.
There, there before my memory-clouded eyes,
I saw the shades of yesterday arise.
Beneath the pallid summer-evening moon...
Here is a picture of the drums and bugles platoon of the 3rd Birmingham Battalion. On active service these would become stretcher bearers. The soldier marked with an "X" is Hilary Arthur Reuel Tolkien the brother of J.R.R. Tolkien (Lord of the Rings etc)
As you can see the men are now wearing...
During 1915 Charlie Chaplin films were so popular that various Birmingham cinemas held competitions for the best Charlie Chaplin impersonator. No Doubt the Pals in your picture were doing the same.
(now I know who outbid me for this postcard on ebay!!!)
Members of the 2nd Birmingham Battalion (15th Royal Warwickshire) being inspected at Codford St Mary on Salisbury Plain. The picture was taken few days before they went onto active service in France on 21 November 1915.
Due to men being commissioned from the three battalions during their training period, each battalion raised a reserve "E" Company. When the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Birmingham Pals left Birmingham in June 1915 to continue their training in Yorkshire each reserve company remained and...